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Security forces claimed to have killed nine suspected Islamist militants during a raid in the city of Buinaksk in Dagestan. Among those killed was a prominent militant leader, Bammatkhan Sheikhov. The militants were linked to number of killings, including the murder of the imam of the main mosque in Buinaksk.

Caucasus Emirate leader Doku Umarov has released a series of statements over the past few weeks, in which he defends the creation of the Caucasus Emirate but notes that it has few fighters in the mountains of Chechnya and many Chechen jihadists have gone to Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere. Russia is planning to impose a ban on the publication of bombmaking instructions in online or print media. Russia and China recently completed an antiterrorism war game exercise.

Saudi Arabia Steps Up Efforts To Oust Syria's Assad

Exclusive: Saudi offers Russia deal to scale back Assad support - sources

Authorities killed Khasanbi Fakov, the alleged head of the Caucasus Islamist insurgency in Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachayevo-Cherkessia, in a shootout in Nalchik last night. His wife, Irina Ortanova, who was also wanted by authorities for terrorist activity, and two associates were also killed. One policeman died after being seriously wounded during the operation.

Dagestan blamed Islamic extremists for the murder of a rabbi in Derbent on July 25; authorities also found 100 pounds of explosives belonging to extremists. A Caucasus Emirate fighter in Syria appealed to jihadists to stay in Russia to fight. Dagestani authorities claimed that 200 Dagestani fighters have gone to Syria; Russian authorities said 100 Chechens have gone to Syria to fight. Ingushetia head Yunus-Bek Yevkurov claimed that there are no more than 20 Islamist insurgents left in Ingushetia, with no new recruits in two years. The new commander of the Ingush wing of the insurgency recently offered qualified support for a popular imam in Nazran. The trial of an alleged Chechen insurgency 'mole' began in Vedeno.

Daghestan Government Dismissed

Russia's Putin puts US ties above Snowden

Southern Russian Town Becomes Focus Of Ethnic Tensions

Russian authorities claimed to have killed the bodyguard of wanted Caucasus Emirate leader Doku Umarov in a shootout on July 13 in Ingushetia's Sunzha region. The bodyguard, Mikhail Musikhanov, was said to be part of Umarov's inner circle. Dzhamaleil Mutaliyev, another close Umarov associate, was killed in Ingushetia in May. A suspect in the killing of four Dagestani police officers on July 14 was shot dead when he refused to surrender the next day. President Putin accused the US of effectively trapping NSA leaker Edward Snowden in Russia by pressuring other countries not to offer him asylum.

Satellite imagery of Israeli strike in Latakia released

Two suspected Islamist insurgents opened fire on a police car that was heading back to the village of Burshi in Dagestan, killing four police officers. The car was ambushed after the policemen had investigated a robbery.

Syria Weighs Its Tactics as Pillars of Its Economy Continue to Crumble

US seeking direct nuke talks with Iran: report

US officials confirm Israeli strike on Yakhont missiles in Syria

Russian Court Upholds Ban On Religious Clothing At Stavropol Region Schools

Did Israel strike in Syria again?

Russia delivered to the UN an 80-page report claiming that Syrian rebels used sarin gas in a deadly attack near Aleppo in March. During a special operation in southern Chechnya yesterday, security forces reportedly killed Rustam Saliev, a.k.a. Abu-Muslim, a wanted Caucasus Emirate commander in Chechnya's Achkhoi-Martan district. The head of Russia's top mixed martial arts club was killed in Dagestan. A journalist who had recently criticized local authorities in articles on bombings and shootings in Dagestan was assassinated near Makhachkala.

The Cold War Roots Of Islamist Terrorism

A man was hospitalized after a package exploded in his hand, blowing it off, outside a McDonald's restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg. A video by Doku Umarov, leader of the Islamist Caucasus Emirate insurgency, was released recently, the first since November. In the video, Umarov vowed to prevent the 2014 Winter Olympics from taking place in Sochi, "using any methods" and with "maximum force."